Governing Structure

Board of Directors

  • Rachel Summer, B.S. (Union College)
  • Pastor Marvin Graham, Grace Temple Church
  • LaToya McQueen, B.S. (SUNY New Paltz)
  • Brenda Temple, B.A., M.S. (retired NYS Math Teacher)
  • Steven Giakoumis (Business owner)


  • President/Executive Director—Rachel Summer
  • Acting Treasurer—Shirley Canada
  • Program Director—OPEN
  • Volunteer Coordinator—W. Diane Graham


  • Public Relations/Fundraising Committee
    Committee Chair (W. Diane Graham)
  • Grants
    Committee Chair (Rachel Summer)
  • Building/Facilities Committee
    Committee Chair (Pastor Marvin Graham)
  • Education/Programming Committee
    Committee Chair (LaToya McQueen)
  • Website/Community Relations
    Committee Chair (OPEN)

C.O.C.O.A. House Club (Union College)

  • President--Kadiatou Tubman

Biography on Rachel Summer

Rachel Summer (formerly Rachel Graham) is the president/founder of Children of Our Community Open to Achievement otherwise known as C.O.C.O.A. House, Inc. Rachel was raised in Guilderland area and attended Guilderland High School. Summer graduated from Union College with a B.S. in Geology in (1998). Her work experience includes employment at Microsoft Corporation, non-profit leadership role in C.O.C.O.A. House and entrepreneurship.

C.O.C.O.A. House is a non-profit after school academic enrichment program in the Hamilton Hill area of Schenectady that was started by Rachel in 1996. As a sophomore at Union College, Summer was inspired by a speech from Bernice King at the Glen Sanders mansion. Rachel was moved by Bernice King's (daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King) call for action on behalf of the poor and had a real heart for the youth in the Schenectady area. Rachel saw the economic disparity between the "ivory towers" of Union College and the rest of the city of Schenectady (Hamilton Hill community). Being the daughter of a Pastor, Summer understood clearly what it means to "serve" others in every sense of the word.

Inspired by Bernice King and instilled with a strong sense of servitude, Rachel and her friends at Union set out to change the world. Sixteen years later, Rachel and friends are still serving the youth of this wonderful community. Rachel invites all of you to join in this wonderful movement to make a huge difference in the lives of the youth of Schenectady.